Richard Petty is known for racing Chrysler Hemi cars. Arguably, his most famous is the 1970 Plymouth Superbird but he drove many different makes. In 1969 he finished second in the NASCAR Championship points driving a Ford Talladega, the only year he drove a Ford. The driver Richard call the best, David Pearson, finished first that year also driving a Ford Talladega. However, Richard also drove GM cars such as Pontiacs and Oldsmobiles.
This Feature Car is a 1957 Oldsmobile. It was built well before the NASCAR honchos decided it was better to use template built generic race cars than those based on the cars we can buy off the show room floor.